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Oklahoma City man accused of threatening DHS workers with assault rifle

Robert J. Pettigrew, 45, of Oklahoma City, is charged with threatening an act of violence after his children were taken into protective custody.
by Tim Willert Published: April 23, 2013

A man whose children were taken into protective custody is accused of threatening to “use” his AK-47 on Department of Human Service employees, court records show.

Robert Jeffery Pettigrew, 45, of Oklahoma City, was charged Tuesday in Oklahoma County District Court with threatening to perform an act of violence, a misdemeanor.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Pettigrew told a counselor in March that if he didn't get his children back from DHS “he was going to use his AK on everyone … involved with his children being taken into protective custody.”

The counselor told a DHS worker who reported the threat to police, the affidavit states. The worker said Pettigrew's wife told her he made similar statements at home.

Pettigrew initially denied making any threats then told police “he may have” made statements about what he would “like to do” but that he didn't have any intention of doing it, police reported. has disabled the comments for this article.
by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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